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English & Welsh Resources for Family Historians: Church and Parish

The State Library of South Australia has a large number of resources that may assist you in tracing your English or Welsh ancestry. This guide also contains websites of interest, contact details for relevant organisations and tips & tricks.


The purpose of this page is to assist with tracing ministers of religion, locating a parish, or simply learning more about various church denominations and their records. 

See also the page for the Harleian Collection of volumes of published transcriptions of marriage licence allegations, as well as baptismal, marriage and burial registers for various English churches.

The State Library offers free access for those visiting the Library in person to these websites:


If you know the name of the parish or church in which your ancestor was baptised, married or buried from, try a simple Google search for information. 

A number of genealogy local history groups have now made parish register and other information on line.

Published parish registers available at the Library

Many of the published parish registers listed below are in the Harleian Collection.

(To see a complete list go to the Harleian Collection page link above.)

Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey (B 70085/15)

Ecclesiastical Court Records held at the State Library